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Israeli forces detain 21 Palestinians in West Bank, East Jerusalem raids

Jan. 17, 2018 4:07 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 18, 2018 7:53 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 21 Palestinians during pre dawn raids on Wednesday in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

PPS said in a statement that Israeli forces detained eight Palestinians from the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, three from the central West Bank Ramallah district, two from the southern West Bank al-Arroub refugee camp near Hebron, one from Tulkarm, one from Nablus and another from Jenin, all in the northern West Bank.

Meanwhile, in East Jerusalem, PPS said that Israeli police detained five minors, whose ages ranged between 14 and 17 years.

The Israeli said in a statement that it detained 13 Palestinians from the West Bank.

Israeli media identified some of the detainees as former prisoner Abd al-Rahman Nassuh Ishtayeh from Nablus, Hammudi al-Salim from Tulkarem, Adam Iyad al-Umour, 17, from Tuqu in eastern Bethlehem, former prisoner Bilal Salameh from Bethlehem, Qussay al-Titi and minor Ismail Maher al-Sharif from the al-Arroub refugee camp.

Israeli raids into Palestinian towns and villages are near daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

According to UN documentation, between December 19th and January 1st, Israeli forces carried out 170 search and arrest operations in the West Bank.

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